November is National Prematurity Awareness Month

In recognition of National Prematurity Awareness Month, check out the wonderful new program at CHOC Children’s which focuses on caring for the unique needs of the tiniest of tiniest babies – those born at less than 28 weeks or weighing as much as a coke can!

The new, Small Baby Unit at CHOC is located in a separate wing of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and is the only one of its kind in the region.

Click on this article to learn more about what this specialized team is doing to care for these fragile babies:
http://www.choc.org/publications/articles.cfm?id=P00303&pub=KH&aid=565

Wishing You a Fun and Safe Halloween

Halloween is here! Such a fun – and yummy – time of year. Did you know that about one quarter of all candy sold each year is for Halloween?!

While you and your little trick-or-treaters get ready for this weekend’s fun, be sure to check out these safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics:  http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/octhalloween.cfm

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Cyberbullying: Tips Parents Should Know

With the nation’s recent focus on bullying, there are a lot of great tools and resources out there, such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ “Stop Bullying Now!”website, which parents can take advantage of to inform themselves and their families about this unsettling epidemic.

Cyberbullying, in particular, has been a focus with more and more kids using social networking as a way to interact and communicate. As a fierce advocate for the health and well being of children, CHOC offers some great tips on Cyberbullying for parents. Check it out here: http://www.choc.org/publications/articles.cfm?id=P00303&pub=KH&aid=397

Also, check out this article on what parents can do to protect their kids by setting rules for media moderation: http://www.choc.org/publications/articles.cfm?id=P00303&pub=KH&aid=552

Leave us a comment and let us know what your family or school is doing to tackle this important issue.

Thousands Walk for CHOC!

The Babes In Disneyland team – one of 795 teams – walked the 2010 CHOC Walk in the Park last Sunday and raised over $2000. Close to 14,000 walkers, including CHOC employees, community members, and patients and families, gathered to support CHOC and raised $2 million total!

Check out this video:

Thank you to all the CHOC supporters who made this event such a huge success – your contributions allow CHOC to continue protecting the health and well being of our community’s little ones!

If you weren’t able to attend this year’s CHOC Walk, you can still support CHOC by visiting www.chocwalk.org.

Baby Connor Speaks Out for the CHOC Walk

It’s here!!! This Sunday is The CHOC Walk in the Park Presented by the Disneyland Resort. And this year’s CHOC Walk teams have been more creative than ever when it comes to raising support.

Team Babes in Disneyland is new to the CHOC Walk this year and captain Lisa Robertson enlisted the help of her adorable son Connor to encourage people to donate.

Check out this video:

Did you or your team make a video for this year’s CHOC Walk? Or are you planning to make one at the Walk on Sunday? Don’t forget to share it with your friends on Facebook and YouTube!

Then, visit Babes in Disneyland for insider tips on visiting Disneyland with young children, as well as ongoing coverage of this year’s CHOC Walk.

20 Reasons to Walk for CHOC

1.  It’s the 20th Anniversary of the CHOC Walk in the Park, presented by the Disneyland Resort!

2.  On October 17th, a crowd over 15,000 Walkers will be strolling with YOU down Main Street, U.S.A.

3.  Watching the sunrise at Disneyland is amazing.

4.  This CHOC patient:

5.  It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year—bringing over $1.6 million to CHOC Children’s last year.

6.  Walking through the Disneyland Resort before it’s officially open is cool.

7.  This bear:

8.  You never know which Disney friends you’ll see there, cheering you on. Alice at the Mad Tea Party…Cinderella on King Arthur’s Carrousel…

9.   Meet some great VoluntEARS.

10.  This mouse:

11.  Get inspired by our amazing patients and their families.

12.  This little girl:

13.  This team:

14.  And this team:

15.  Our patients here at CHOC Children’s Hospital:

16.  Our new patient-care tower:

17.  Supporting cool technology that makes for safer medicine.

18.  You are sure to meet some pretty funny characters:

19.  Research that advances cares and cures.

20.  We’re making giant strides for tiny toes:

Want to learn more about the 2010 CHOC Walk? Click here.

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